Last week there were a few here that had their eyebrows raised over the specter of a nuclear arms race erupting in the ME over the Iran deal, somehow like international agreements are crafted in a vacuum. The incredulity surprised me, and I commented that they must not be paying attention since this very brinkmanship has been front and center in the news for several months now. Sitting idly by while a belligerent and threatening neighbor gets stronger, hardly in line with self preservation;
As U.S. and Iranian diplomats inched toward progress on Tehran’s nuclear program last week, Saudi Arabia quietly signed its own nuclear-cooperation agreement with South Korea.
That agreement, along with recent comments from Saudi officials and royals, is raising concerns on Capitol Hill and among U.S. allies that a deal with Iran, rather than stanching the spread of nuclear technologies, risks fueling it.
This is so Obama, the guy that publicly made it a priority to rid the world of all nuclear weapons, starts an arms race in the ME by bumbling into an ill conceived toothless agreement with a country that is actively working towards our demise.
Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal, a member of the royal family, has publicly warned in recent months that Riyadh will seek to match the nuclear capabilities Iran is allowed to maintain as part of any final agreement reached with world powers. This could include the ability to enrich uranium and to harvest the weapons-grade plutonium discharged in a nuclear reactor’s spent fuel.
Several U.S. and Arab officials have voiced concerns about a possible nuclear-arms race erupting in the Middle East, spurred on by Saudi Arabia’s regional rivalry with Iran, which has been playing out in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen in recent months.
If anyone is surprised that Obama and minions could be caught so off guard, not foreseeing the inevitable, remember that for the last 6 years, every scandal coming down the pike has been addressed by this guy with ,”Hey, I just found out about it, reading the NY Times, just like you”. To think that other ME countries, watching Iranian hedgemony march onward, extending it’s sphere of influence, in what, 6 different countries now? and not feel threatened and want some firepower of their own, ludicrous.
A number of senior Arab officials have warned the White House in recent months the Saudi government could seek Pakistan’s aid in developing nuclear technologies—or even buy an atomic bomb—if it sees an agreement with Iran as too weak.
Guess what, it is too weak, here we go.
Funny, but how many times have we heard from Obama that it was “unacceptable” for Iran to have a nuclear weapons program? I guess if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan. Allowing Iran to maintain large nuclear facilities and continue enriching uranium ( no big deal since Iran would have to allow inspections, they have never cheated or disallowed prior inspections before, have they?) And this worked so well with the North Koreans, what could go wrong? No mention of limiting or even monitoring weapons development or ICMB capabilities (at least what I have read so far), no mention of extracting themselves from Syria and allowing Assad to fend for himself, no mention of their expansion and meddling into the affairs of other sovereign nations, nope, this deal has one purpose, to pad Obama’s legacy of not being a complete and total jerkoff when it comes to foreign policy.
Inspections are useless, they were useless for NK and history has proven that they are useless with Iran;
Commenting on how the inspectors have repeatedly been surprised by what Iran hides, Olli Heinonen, former deputy director-general of the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency, told this newspaper in 2013, “If there is no undeclared installation today . . . it will be the first time in 20 years that Iran doesn’t have one.”
Attempting to constrain bad actors with arms control and peace accords, The Carter way and now the Obama way (and Bush with NK) and all have failed miserably.